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What are some of your favorite “on the job” watches? What features are important to you?

I switched to a Casio AE1200-WH-1A a few months ago and it has been one of the best watches I’ve had in a long time.

Here’s what I like about it:

1. Cheap
2. Easy to read digital format
3. World time zones (UTC most importantly)
4. Extended backlight option
5. Date, Year, Month
6. Alarm
7. Stop Watch w/ split
8. Timer
9. Accurate

Tip: Take that cheap metal bracelet off and switch it with NATO strap.
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I always liked a Timex ironman with this band in green.
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G-Shock MTGM900DA-8CR
Solar power, atomic setting, G-Shock, 200 M waterproof, all the usual digital watch mode settings and alarms, steel band.

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Hamilton Khaki Field Auto
https://shop.hamiltonwatch.com/autom...h70555533.html

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Just my opinion.
Well you know a 600 dollar watch in the field makes sense......
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Hard to beat a Casio G shock. I like the solar models,shock proof,water proof,only thing I have wore out in 30 years of using them is the bands.
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Well you know a 600 dollar watch in the field makes sense......
I cannot tell if that is supportive or sarcastic. But it does not really matter, anyway. I currently wear a $300 watch daily, and it goes to the field with me. Never failed, and like the Hamilton, it is an automatic, so I never have to wind it, put it in the sun, or change batteries. I figure it will last as long as I will, though I do change straps every five years or so, and that is because it is a webbing strap and tends to get a bit gunky after time and starts to smell.

It is all just my opinion, and anyone that wants to wear a $10 watch to the field is fine with me. I only do what I want for the reasons I have, and do not deign to try and convince anyone else to do it, too, because they can have their opinion just as I do.

And, of course, just my opinion.
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I cannot tell if that is supportive or sarcastic. But it does not really matter, anyway. I currently wear a $300 watch daily, and it goes to the field with me. Never failed, and like the Hamilton, it is an automatic, so I never have to wind it, put it in the sun, or change batteries. I figure it will last as long as I will, though I do change straps every five years or so, and that is because it is a webbing strap and tends to get a bit gunky after time and starts to smell.

It is all just my opinion, and anyone that wants to wear a $10 watch to the field is fine with me. I only do what I want for the reasons I have, and do not deign to try and convince anyone else to do it, too, because they can have their opinion just as I do.

And, of course, just my opinion.
That is a very handsome Swiss watch. I especially like the simplicity of the bezel. For those who would want similar features and simplicity but at a less price the Seiko (Japan) automatics are great watches at abut $100


I have had a similar one for about 15 years that I rotate with a Casio Protrek daily.
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You know what company wiped out half the Swiss watch industry?

Intel tried, but their watch didn't sell.

Casio, in 1974, sold a PILE.

By 1976, Texas Instruments was selling 18 million watches per year, and Swiss watches were not the only game in town anymore.

Funny thing....A Hamilton P2 Astronaut was the first James Bond digital watch, 1973.
Here's their Pulsar add. Hamilton seems to think the digital watch is a good field watch.

https://youtu.be/ythycCjk0xI
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That is a very handsome Swiss watch. I especially like the simplicity of the bezel. For those who would want similar features and simplicity but at a less price the Seiko (Japan) automatics are great watches at abut $100


I have had a similar one for about 15 years that I rotate with a Casio Protrek daily.
I have two of those same watches and they are great time pieces, I also have a Citizen Eco Drive
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G shock of your flavor choice by casio.

Worn one literally 24/7 for 3 years now and love it. Been in fires with me for work, submerged daily, generally abused and mistreated. Still going strong. Cannot give high enough praise for this watch.
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You know what company wiped out half the Swiss watch industry?

Intel tried, but their watch didn't sell.

Casio, in 1974, sold a PILE.

By 1976, Texas Instruments was selling 18 million watches per year, and Swiss watches were not the only game in town anymore.

Funny thing....A Hamilton P2 Astronaut was the first James Bond digital watch, 1973.
Here's their Pulsar add. Hamilton seems to think the digital watch is a good field watch.

https://youtu.be/ythycCjk0xI
I own a Pulsar PW3001 and I like that one as well.
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I have an older Casio Pathfinder. It's on the 4th or 5th set of batteries, 2 to 4+ years a set. I try and not use the alarms. Just today I saw a deep scratch in the crystal that wasn't there yesterday. I planned on buying the newer solar powered one when I get home $150, maybe its jealous. I really like the military watch bands that cover the crystal so I guess I need to make one for the new watch.

Best feature is the tracking barometer. Storms never sneak up on me anymore. It can be set to alarm if the pressure drops to fast. When my watch was new it started beeping for no reason I could figure - about the time I figured out which alarm was going off a cloud burst happened. The water was running into my shoes as I ran out to roll up the windows in my Land Cruiser. 2" of rain in a few minutes - not a lot of warning in the factory setting. Doesn't go off on airplanes.

Second best feature is the compass. Good enough to navigate with a map, not so much for running section or township lines.

The last battery change was a nightmare. Trying to see the little battery clips and the contacts for the tweezers to reset the electrics - frustrating to say least - but I got it done. Hand lens Bausch & Lomb of 10 power from the surveying days to the rescue.
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Depends on what I'm doing...

Diving or fireworks, self-winding Seiko dive watch (old kind with manual bezel) with an add-on cheapie thermometer and compass on the band. The only dive watch I ever found that you can actually see in dark, less-than-perfect conditions.

LE, cheap little analogue Timex with a second hand.

Daily civilian wear, cheap Casio with multiple alarms for parents' medication reminders
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I inherited a Timex windup from my grandmother that's about the size of a quarter. It's small enough to not snag on anything, is completely waterproof, and I wear it attached to a camo nylon security band that has a Velcro flap that covers the crystal so it won't flash at an inopportune time, and protects it from scratches.
One winding every morning and it's good until the next morning.
It has an integrated stop watch function that consists of watching the second hand move to determine how long it takes for something to happen. The only extravagance is is a little number window that counts up from 1 to 31.
Absolutely, positively guaranteed not to be affected by EMP.
The band has a small Velcro pouch that will hold a couple fish hooks and a about twenty feet of 10lb test along with a pouch of aluminum foil that would be used to signal and a small flint and steel.
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I spent all of the 90s digging ditches for a living and doing other hard, manual labor, and regular watches didn't survive long. Think demo construction combined with excavating. Packing the watch with dirt, or jackhammering, or hands in thick mud, or reaching into tight cracks to pick up slabs of concrete or asphalt. We usually wore cheap leather gloves but we would often wash our hands in mud puddles because you can't wear gloves for everything. So, pretty much the toughest conditions you can put a watch in.

Back then, I learned fast that $40-$50 G-Shocks were king. They might not last forever, but they lasted longer than anything else. If something did go wrong with them it was usually the plastic band broke, or the pins that hold the band on got bent and pulled out. But you could put a new band on it and be good to go for years.

The only quibble I could find with them is the size and thickness of the watch face itself. When trying to squeeze my hand into a really tight space, sometimes I'd have to take off the watch first.

Considering the cost and durability of the G-Shocks, they are probably still King. I mean, ANY of them, just pick one. I currently have two, both are Atomic and Solar Powered. One is completely digital and the other has analog hands.

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That is a nice looking watch.

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40 years back a coworker told a coworker to take off his Timex, because the bulk tape degausser he was using would disassemble it on his wrist. he wanted to see that, so he put it on a tape reel and hit go. no effect.

coworker tried that with his Casio. Grunch, twang, spoing, scrap

coworker in Miseryssipi wore a Casio to work and a Timex to weddings. when I pointed out the obvious, he said his daughter saved up and bought the Timex. he wore it to occasions and funtions so she could see that she was important. after that I would not tolerate people who trash talked Sam.
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I quit wearing watches a long time ago ,not even pocket watches because working on equipment it was a hazard and a danger to me as well. pocket watches got crushed rolling around under engines and boats ,and besides shop clocks were enough information.
I don't wear rings or stuff on my neck for that matter , just not worth the risk and it is uncomfortable.

In the woods a compass on my back pack I can see is practical ,but honestly who needs the time of day in the woods ?
Now things are different if you are a part of a company or battalion organizing an offensive , but I do not see that happening .
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